A dramatic experience is not necessary for a good essay, but if you'vehad one, there is no reason not to write about it. Author Daria Tabackdidn't need to look far to find an engaging anecdote. Her house burneddown less than a year before she wrote her essay, and the drama ofthat experience guarantees that the reader will be drawn in. But afterthe opening, then what? This essay shines because of Daria's heartfeltdescription of acts of kindness from friends, neighbors, and stories about a personal transformation sound phony, but thisone is believable because of the circumstances and Daria's concretedescriptions.